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Day Four: Great American Dog Trip

amywink June 17th, 2012


We made it!! Nashville to Houston on Sunday. 5 states, 4 days…and almost 2700 miles traveled. 50 hours in the car. But we did it.

And Lily now sleeps in her new state!

Final leg for us tomorrow, to Austin and home. I will be posting more from there.


Day Three: Great American Dog Trip

amywink June 16th, 2012


It’s our first day with Lily and she’s been a trooper! We picked her up this morning and I got the New Owner Packet from Eva and Donna–and tons of extras. She was the first puppy to head to her new home and we packed up and headed out about 9:15 EST. It took her a few minutes to get with the program but once she did, she was spectacular. Outside the car, she got right down to business, and inside she went right off to sleep. And she did that for our day’s return to Nashville. We drove through Ohio, Kentucky, and some of Tennessee before stopping this evening.

She was most impressive when we were out for a little walkies in KY and a slew of bikers roared up. She looked at the loud bikes and thought they were quite interesting!!


Tomorrow, we’re back on the road to Houston and then Monday, I head home to Austin and my changed life.

Day Two: Great American Dog Trip

amywink June 16th, 2012


It must be a State Law in Kentucky that all farms along the highways be as picturesque as possible! We drove out of Tennessee, through Kentucky, and on to Ohio yesterday, reaching Cleveland about 5 in the afternoon (eastern time). This gave us plenty of time for dinner and rest before we went to meet the litter of puppies.

And here she is:


She is absolutely perfect and when I picked her up, she melted against my shoulder and passed her “smooch test” with flying colors. We will have NO trouble loving her.

We will pick her up this morning and turn our heads back toward Texas for our trip home.

Day One: Great American Dog Trip

amywink June 15th, 2012


Lily’s bunny is headed to meet her! We left Houston yesterday morning and had a long day’s drive to Nashville. We had a good stop at Marshall, a bit longer than I had hoped but I had to pick a dog bowl:


I picked the smaller size. If she outgrows it, I’ll do something else with it!

After that, it was no stopping except for bathroom breaks and dining….and the long twenty minutes of sitting in a long line of traffic on I-40 in Arkansas. Stopped. Totally Stopped. It felt like an age……tick, tick, tick.

Eventually we got rolling again and we also decided to choose the State DOT recommended alternate route on Sunday. Yeesh.

But we made it to Tennessee and crossed the Mississippi River about 4:30img_0350.jpg


After Memphis, it was long drive downhill to Nashville. Really downhill. I need to check the topographical map but it was pretty clear we were heading down into the Tennessee Valley. It was a gorgeous drive but we didn’t get to the hotel until much later than we had hoped. But we are safe and more than halfway to Ava, who will become Avedonn’s Lone Star Lily–”Lily” if the name fits her when we arrive. Since Ava Gardner was in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, as Lillie Langtry, and she was also in a movie called Lone Star, with Clark Gable (reviews say it’s awful), the name seems to work with the “movie star” litter. I am hoping “Lily” does fit but we shall see and act accordingly if it’s not right!

Next stop: Cleveland!

The Great American Dog Trip Commences

amywink June 13th, 2012

“No, really, Grace, they are coming all the way from Texas! I’m going to be a carriage dog!!”

She’s right, we are coming. The Great American Dog Trip commences!!!!

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